Shareware Spotlight - Summary 1

Over the past three months, we've featured a number of excellent shareware products in the Tucows Shareware Spotlight. I've received so many e-mails about this area that I've decided to create a summary article about every three months. This is the first of many and a chance for you to catch up on any Shareware Spotlights you may have missed.
Published: Aug 23, 2005
Author: Michael E, Callahan

Over the past three months, we've featured a number of excellent shareware products in the Tucows Shareware Spotlight. I've received so many e-mails about this area that I've decided to create a summary article about every three months. This is the first of many and a chance for you to catch up on any Shareware Spotlights you may have missed.

Below you'll find each Spotlight listed in the order they appeared from May to August. The listing will tell you what the program does and if you click the program name you can go directly to the Shareware Spotlight for that program. If you click the download link you can download that program and I've also included a excerpt from each article.

Moving forward, we're going to continue to feature some of the best programs here in the Shareware Spotlight. If you're a software author or developer and would like to find out about having your product featured here on Tucows, just send an e-mail by clicking HERE. I'll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Shareware Spotlight - Summary 1
  • LifeJournal by Chronicles Software Company
  • Journal Software
  • Download LifeJournal NOW!
  • Many features of LifeJournal are innovative and unique among all other journal software. Among my favorite features are the Daily Pulse and Assigning Topics.

    The Daily Pulse lets you quickly record the "pulse" of your day with interactive gauges. You can track up to ten Daily Pulse scales: Subjectively rate your health and mood, and objectively count the hours you slept and the miles you walked. Then LifeJournal takes your Daily Pulse entries and creates line graphs so you can see your trends. You can view as many graph lines as you want simultaneously. Entries and Daily Pulse information are cross-referenced: you can open associated entries by double clicking a point on the graph.


  • Macro Express by Insight Software Solutions
  • Keyboard Macro Software
  • Download Macro Express NOW!
  • If you find yourself doing the same things over and over again on the computer, then it's time to try Macro Express. This powerful program is designed to automate all of your repetitive tasks.

    Macro Express saves you time (lots of time) by performing actions much quicker than you can type, click and think what to do next. As a result, your productivity improves and the program literally pays for itself within a very short period of time.

    You will reduce typing errors by having a macro insert the correct text every time. Alleviate pain from repetitive stress. Relieve excess strain to fingers, hands and forearms by reducing the number of mouse clicks and keystrokes you must manually press.


  • Aid4Mail by Fookes Software
  • Email Conversion Software
  • Download Aid4Mail NOW!
  • Aid4Mail offers a powerful archiving feature that enables you to save all your mail directly into highly compressed ZIP files, a format natively supported by Windows XP. Attachments are stored in a separate folder within the ZIP files, allowing easy extraction, and mail folders are stored in a non-proprietary mailbox format that most mail clients can read, guaranteeing compatibility with future systems.

    In one of our tests, we used a PST file from Office Outlook that was 1.05 GB in size. When this file was copied to a ZIP file using traditional methods with highest compression, the resulting file archive was 829 MB - too big to fit on a CD-ROM. When that same PST file was archived with Aid4Mail, the resulting ZIP file with all messages and attachments was only 314 MB large - small enough that you could fit three of these onto a CD-ROM. We don't know any other product that can match this space saving.


  • ClipMate by Thornsoft Development
  • Clipboard Extender Software
  • Download ClipMate NOW!
  • ClipMate saves time and makes you more productive by adding clipboard functions that the Windows clipboard leaves out - starting with the ability to hold thousands of "clips", instead of just one. ClipMate has functions to edit, re-format, and manage your clipboard data. It can also print, re-format, and even spell-check. Everybody needs ClipMate.

    ClipMate runs on all Windows platforms since Windows95, costs only $29.95, and a free 30-day trial is available.

    ClipMate keeps getting better and even more powerful! In version 6.5, we've added search & replace, and something called "outbound clip filtering", which keeps the fancy formats such as HTML and RTF from going back onto the clipboard. This lets you paste plain text, just about anywhere.

    ClipMate makes you more productive by making the windows clipboard work better. It adds the functionality that Windows leaves out, starting with the ability to hold more than one item!


  • Zaep by RhinoSoft.Com
  • Anti-SPAM Software
  • Download Zaep NOW!
  • Setting up Zaep in an enterprise environment is easier than setting up a mail server, an FTP server, or a web server. Simply install on a server, configure your email accounts, then change your user's email clients to connect to Zaep instead of your email server. Each user can maintain and monitor their account in Zaep through a web browser. Zaep is also administered through a web browser, so it can be configured and maintained by the administrator from virtually anywhere.

    Zaep acts as a proxy server between your email program and your email server. It acts as a man-in-the-middle deciding who is authorized to send you messages and who isn't. If you receive an unsolicited message, Zaep sends a challenge message to the sender. If the sender responds by clicking on a link or replying to the message, Zaep approves the sender, allowing all messages from that individual. If you send a message to someone, they are automatically added to your "white list". If they respond, you'll get their response or any message that they send to you. They're never even challenged. If you have a list of individuals that you want added to your white list, such as individuals in your contact list, simply export from your email client to a text file, then import into your white list. Zaep even provides you with the ability to view Pending Challenges and view statistics concerning your email account.


  • Images: In Context! by Liquid Mirror Software
  • Graphics Viewer Software
  • Download Images: In Context! NOW!
  • When you install Images: In Context!, it places itself in the context menu - that little menu that comes up when you right click on your image files in Windows Explorer. With it, you can edit, color-correct, resize, crop, style and remove red eye from your photos all without having to open slow, complicated programs. And once you've made your pictures beautiful, you can even use Images: In Context! to create a photo album web pages to share with family and friends in with little as three clicks.

    If you've ever struggled with the difficult to use photo programs made by the publishers of paint programs, or those that come with your camera, you should give Images: In Context!� a try. It was created out of the need for a simple way to fix and stylize pictures, without having to use slow, complicated, expensive paint programs with hundreds of features you'd never use. Our promise is simple: you'll be able to make beautiful photos like the pros, without any experience and without having to read huge manuals.


  • Blaze Media Pro by Mystik Media
  • Audio Software
  • Download Blaze Media Pro NOW!
  • Key new features in Blaze Media Pro 6.0 include an easy-to-use system for burning video DVDs and VCD/SVCD discs, as well as support for making backups of any type of audio CD quickly and easily. In addition, the video converter, video constructor, video decompiler, and "extract audio content from video files" features have all been completely redesigned and greatly enhanced. In addition to converting entire video files, you can now convert any selected portion of a file.

    You can also convert video files to DVD-complaint MPEG output that will fit onto a single DVD disc, even if your video is longer than two hours. The software intelligently chooses the appropriate video bitrate that is compatible with DVD specifications (and therefore DVD players) when the user selects the desired video duration and audio bitrate.


  • LinkStash by Rose City Software
  • Internet Software
  • Download LinkStash NOW!
  • LinkStash is an outstanding new bookmarks/favorites manager from Xrayz Software and Rose City Software, the home of dozens of incredibly useful and inexpensive utilities and software applications to enhance your Windows computing experience and increase your productivity. LinkStash works for all later versions of Internet Explorer, Netscape, Mozilla, Opera and NetCaptor, and with all versions of Windows. LinkStash will open and close with your browser, and easily import, store and organize all your favorite links in a familiar Explorer-style tree arrangement.

    Add new links instantly using drag-and-drop, a configurable keystroke or the handy toolbar buttons in LinkStash or on the Internet Explorer toolbar. All your bookmarks are contained in one compact file for easy sync to other computers. LinkStash can also be configured with an infinite variety of different highlighting options for various folders, or individual bookmarks as desired to allow for easy locating.


  • TweakMASTER by Rose City Software
  • Internet Software
  • Download TweakMASTER NOW!
  • TweakMASTER Pro is easy-to-use and requires no special computer knowledge. It promotes faster Internet download speeds by carefully and intelligently tweaking numerous key Windows settings to provide a substantially faster Internet experience. No matter what speed you connect at or what other utilities you may have tried, nothing will provide a faster Internet connection for you than TweakMASTER Pro... guaranteed!

    TweakMASTER can substantially improve your download speeds for all types of connections from dial-up to DSL, cable and wireless. Even AOL users will be amazed at how much more responsive their systems will be! It supports Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000/XP and AOL. No other utility can make that claim and deliver!


  • SIAF People's Choice Awards and Shareware Industry Awards Winners
  • Software Awards
  • Check out this run-down of programs that won the 2005 SIAF People's Choice Awards and the 2005 Shareware Industry Awards. This Spotlight contains download links to all the winning programs.


  • Debt Analyzer by Insight Software Solutions
  • Home and Business Software
  • Download Debt Analyzer NOW!
  • Do you feel hopelessly in debt? Are you struggling with credit card debt, student loans, first and second mortgages, car loans, consumer loans, loans from family members and more? If so, join the crowd. Consumer debt in the United States alone has surpassed two trillion dollars; double what it was just 10 years ago. Bankruptcy filings are still much too common.

    So what can be done to get out of debt? One option would be to contact a debt counselor or firm and potentially pay thousands of dollars in fees for help and advice. A better alternative is the Debt Analyzer. For the bargain price of $25.00, use the same debt elimination techniques as the pros, but with several distinct advantages...


  • Mondo! E-Journal by My World Software
  • Journal Software
  • Download Mondo! E-Journal NOW!
  • Mondo!, the first product from My World Software Inc., brings today's digital technology to yesterday's traditions - journaling, family photo albums and scrapbooking. With Mondo! E-Journal software you can keep an electronic journal of the events and memories that are important.

    Mondo! simplifies importing and combining digital images with text. Images can readily be moved, resized and even framed, while the text adjusts and wraps accordingly. Add sound and video clips and you can create multimedia journals. Save journal pages as HTML files and they can be e-mailed to friends or posted to the family Web site.

    Mondo! appeals to the young and not so young who appreciate easy to use software with lots of features. The graphics are bold, colorful and easy to understand.


  • Synchromagic Pro by Rose City Software
  • File Synchronization Software
  • Download Synchromagic Pro NOW!
  • Synchromagic Pro is a product form Gelosoft and Rose City Software. This intelligently designed utility performs foolproof synchronization of files and directories, with many useful options. Compatible with Windows 95/98/Me and NT4/2000/XP, it allows files and folders to be easily synced from one computer to another, or from one computer to several. Synchronization can be one-way or bi-directional, and can be set to delete files on the destination directory which are not present in the source directory.

    Synchromagic Pro also provides the option to transfer only if files are on target. Tasks can also be performed over a local area network, or to and from FTP sites as well. Specific tasks can also be saved and performed at the click of a button. The program can be used to create a mirror site for disaster recovery or to backup files, directories and even entire drives. Synchromagic's user-friendly graphical interface is highly intuitive, making it a simple and cost-effective way to keep all your files, folders and systems synchronized.


  • EZ Macros by American Systems
  • Keyboard Macro Software
  • Download EZ Macros NOW!
  • Do you find yourself typing the same things over and over again? Then you'll love EZ Macros. Record what you type repeatedly, assign it a hotkey, and you'll never type that stuff again. Just hit the hotkey, and watch your computer work for you! Both new and experienced users can record keystrokes and/or mouse events, or macros can be created and edited manually. You can automate tasks with just a few keystrokes and hundreds of possible macro hotkeys are available.

    EZ Macros features both global and program-specific macros. Global macros can be used with all your programs, while program-specific macros work only with particular programs.


I hope you enjoyed this summary of the programs featured in the Shareware Spotlight during the first three months of its existence. Remember, if you're a software author or developer and would like to find out about having your product featured in the Shareware Spotlight here on Tucows, just send an e-mail by clicking HERE. I'll get back to you as quickly as possible.

About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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